Apple Watch: Essential Apps – Section Two

Apple Watch: Essential Apps – Section Two

deliveries

Deliveries

Deliveries is pretty great on every platform, tracking goodies that are winging their way to you, and ensuring you’re not out when a courier is about to hurl that new laptop over your fence. On Apple Watch, you get the same list, location maps of where your things currently are, and handy notifications when a delivery is imminent.

$4.99, iTunes

slack

Slack 

Slack’s popularity as a team communications tool is undeniable, but you wouldn’t want to scroll through the entire feed on your wrist. The app therefore wisely limits itself to direct messages and mentions, which you can reply to using succinct pre-defined answers, Emoji, or voice input by way of Siri.

Free, iTunes

find-near-me

Find Near Me

This app is great for quickly finding nearby businesses by category, all by tapping a button: ATM; bank; bar; spa; zoo… As you can see, the odd option is a bit unusual, but the app’s fast and even enables you to use your own search terms via Siri (currently a rare thing on Apple Watch). Individual items when selected usually provide additional details (addresses; maps) and reviews.

Free, iTunes

citymapper

Citymapper 

If you’re in one of the supported cities (which include Paris, New York and London), Citymapper is a must. It zeroes in on public transport, and provides precise, clear instructions on getting from place to place. You’re informed about times for upcoming busses, trains or trams, and can access an outline of the stops to expect on your journey. And with watchOS 2, Citymapper’s complications can put your ETA and directions right on your watch face.

Free, iTunes

app-in-the-air

App in the Air

Self-described ‘personal flying assistant’ App in the Air now does an awful lot on your wrist. The Apple Watch app tracks your flight, gives you in-flight ‘courses’ to stop your neck seizing up, and provides gate and security wait times. Complications and Time Travel support, respectively, give you relevant and timely information on your watch face, and enable you to zip through your journey virtually by way of the Digital Crown.

Free + IAP, iTunes

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